Rookie of the year
Rudal “Rudy” Ahlen celebrates the Mets’ 2017 opening day with Stuart Almer, administrator and chief operating officer of Gurwin Jewish.
Gurwin Jewish resident Rudal “Rudy” Ahlen, 101, has been cheering for the New York Mets since they emerged on the major league baseball scene in 1962.
During baseball season, she spends game days glued to the TV, keeping score and sometimes second-guessing decisions made by the Mets managers.
Surrounded by friends at Gurwin, Ahlen recently spent opening day rooting for her team, wistfully hoping that her favorite Mets player, David Wright, will be healthy enough to return to the lineup soon.
The game win made her optimistic about a promising season and an ultimate trip to the Fall Classic.
Before then, however, she hopes to see the June 1 game in person. The Mets have offered her tickets behind home plate and the chance to meet the players and be announced to the crowd.
“Rudy is over the moon!” a Gurwin representative tells McKnight's Senior Living. “She has followed them all her life but never was able to get to a game.”
Click here to see the In Focus archive and read how to submit your photos for consideration.